Belle of the ball

Hol­ly­wood – and the fash­ion in­dus­try – have em­braced Ali­cia Vikan­der as this year’s ‘ It’ girl.

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EV­ERY so of­ten, Hol­ly­wood likes to an­noint an “It” girl – a ris­ing ac­tress who hap­pens to be su­per tal­ented and beau­ti­ful. And with­out fail, the fash­ion in­dus­try fol­lows suit, in their em­brace of this new star­let.

In 2011, it was Jes­sica Chas­tain. In 2013, it was Lupita Ny­ong’o.

This year, that hon­our be­longs to Ali­cia Vikan­der, 27. The newly- minted Academy Award win­ner ( for Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress in The Dan­ish Girl) is un­doubt­edly the toast of Tin­sel­town at the mo­ment, and I con­fess I have a teeny weeny ob­ses­sion with her.

Born Ali­cia Amanda Vikan­der in Swe­den, she be­gan her ca­reer by ap­pear­ing in a num­ber of short films and tele­vi­sion se­ries in her na­tive coun­try. She then be­came well- known for her role in a pop­u­lar Swedish soap.

Vikan­der made the world sit up and pay at­ten­tion with Ex- Machina, one of her six films re­leased last year. As ro­bot Ava, Vikan­der was mes­meris­ing and I could not take my eyes off her when­ever she was on screen. It was easy to be­lieve why the hap-less pro­tag­o­nist fell head over heels in love with Ava, al­though she was not hu­man.

In The Man Fromm U. N. C. L. E, Vikan­der held her own against two al­pha lead­ing men ( Henry Cav­ill and Armie Ham­mer), and looked fab­u­lous decked out in 1960s retro fash­ion.

The bal­let-trained beauty is presently in a re­la­tion­ship with 38-year-old Michae Fass­ben­der ( who was also Os­car-nom­i­nated this year for Steve Jobs). Vikan­der will next be seen with her beau in The Li ight Be­tween Oceans as well as the new Bourne in­stall­men with Matt Da­mon.

Vikan­der is now the face of Louis Vuit­ton and one of the house’s am­bas­sadors on the red car­pet. Fur­ther seal­ing her fash­ion­ista sta­tus, she graced the De­cem­ber cover of Vogue.

Ac­cord­ing to Ni­co­las Gh­esquière, Louis Vuit­ton’s artis­tic di­rec­tor, he cast Vikan­der in his ad cam­paigns af­ter her films con­vinced him that she could play a range of dif­fer­ent women.

“She’s un­pre­dictable,” he said in the Vogue fea­ture, re­call-ing his sur­prise when she pulled up on the back of Fass­ben­der’s mo­tor­cy­cle to a photo shoot in Barcelona.

With Gh­esquière, the duo have reimag­ined tra­di­tional Hol­ly­wood dress codes with a chameleon-like ap­proach: One mo­ment you’ll see Vikan­der in a floor-sweep­ing gown and the next, she’s in a boh hemian shirt-dress.

Al­though I found Vikan­der’s princessy Belle dress at the Os­cars un­der­whelm­ing, her en­sem­bles at past movie pre-mieres and awards cer­e­monies have been noth­ing short of stel­lar.

Wil­liam looks forw ward to Vikan­der’s con­tinu uing evo­lu­tion as a fash­ion godde ess. Send feed­back to star2@ the es­tar. com. my.

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